A Comparison of The Top Packs For Elk Hunting in 2023

by John Wren

Elk hunting is an exciting and challenging sport, requiring a great deal of preparation and skill. One of the most important pieces of gear for the successful elk hunter is the right pack. It needs to be the right size and have the right features to make your hunt as comfortable and successful as possible. In this article, we will compare and contrast the features of some of the top backpacks for elk hunting. We’ll look at their capacity, features, comfort, durability, and cost to help you determine which pack is the best fit for you. With the right pack, you can make the most of your elk hunting experience and come home with the trophy you’ve been dreaming of.

Your pack must be up to snuff to make sure your trip is enjoyable and successful.

We’ve cut through the noise and boiled down what you need to look for in your pack to a couple of the most essential considerations:

Main Use/Function: Do you hunt elk during the day and return to a camp at night? You’ll likely need to opt for a lighter daypack since you’ll be carrying less meat in the end and you want to be as comfortable as possible.

Do you disappear into the backcountry for days at a time? You’ll certainly need a bigger, fully featured bivy pack. For a frame of reference, if you’re looking for versatile daypacks that can pull double duty on lightweight overnight jaunts, somewhere between 1,800 and 2,200 cubic inches will probably get the job done.

Fit: It may not seem important at first, but over the course of long trips, your back and shoulders will pay for an improper fit. Your hips should bear the brunt of the load, the chest strap should fasten right over your chest, and the belt should fit snugly around the lower part of your waistline.

Though there are other considerations to take into account, function and fit should trump all in your search for a pack. With that in mind, we’ll explore some of the best elk hunting packs of the last few years.

Bestseller No. 1
SPIKA Hunting Backpack Internal Frame for Men Waterproof Hunting Pack Camouflage with Rifle Holder Extendable 40L+ Capacity
  • Capacity:Extendable 40L+ storage capacity can carry the items needed for day trips and long-distance sports to a greater extent.
  • Materials:Durable 500D treated nylon body can prevent splashing and keep the backpack dry.ykk zippers.Industry leading duraflex hardware lightweight makes the bag more comfortable to use.
  • Internal design: Ykk zippers can quick access to main compartment,Multiple compartments which categorizes items of different categories.Backpack comes with front stash pocket,external water bladder...
  • External design:Roll top snow collar and Side pockets, Removable hood and Rain cover can effectively protect the exterior of the backpack,with rifle holder and walking pole and ice axe attachment.
  • Removable Frame:Internal frame can minimize the burden on the backpack,suitable for the outdoorsman that wants to go in light and come out heavy.
Bestseller No. 2
Koola Buck - Deer & Elk Game Bags Hunting Meat. Complete Your Hunting Gear and Equipment with Four 60" Heavy Duty Elk Quarter Bags for Meat. Vacuum Sealed Big Game Bags for Easy Transport
  • GOODBYE TO BAG BLOWOUTS – Looking for tough game bags for wild game meat that can stand up to heavy use? Look no further! Our game bags for deer feature a rugged design, a stretchable form-fitting...
  • BIG GAME MEAT STAYS FRESH LONGER WITH THESE BREATHABLE GAME BAGS – Our big game bags for meat have been specifically designed to be breathable, ensuring that the meat stays fresh for longer periods...
  • SAVE PRECIOUS SPACE IN YOUR HUNTING GEAR -- Our game bags are designed to lay flat in the package and are vacuum-sealed to save space in your hunting equipment. This makes them easy to transport in...
  • WASH & REUSE -- Simply wash your game bag after use, let it dry completely, and store it for your next deer or elk hunting trip. You can reuse it multiple times.
  • ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF YOUR FIELD PROCESSING KIT -- Koola Buck Game bags are designed by hunters for hunters in the USA. We take pride in our attention to detail, ensuring that your hunting experience...
Bestseller No. 3
ALPS OutdoorZ Coyote Brown, One Size
  • Durable Ripstop fabric withstands heavy use and harsh hunting environments. Top loading, spindrift collar with draw cord secures main compartment.
  • Organize your gear in one of many pockets: main pocket, side spotting scope pocket, two hinged side accessory pockets, front pockets and waist belt pouches
  • Detach pack bag and use the frame to haul out meat with a unique, secure lashing system; Anodized cotter and clevis pin design for easy adjustability
  • Hydration compatible, lower door access for main pocket, drop-down rifle holder pocket, webbing loops for lashing
  • Total Weight: 7 lbs. 15 oz.; Pack Bag Weight: 2 lbs. 8 oz.; Capacity: 5250 in³/86 L; Torso Range: 17” – 23”; Waist Belt Range: 33” – 60”
Bestseller No. 4
GearOZ Elk Game Bags Hunting Meat Bag 5-Pack Reusable Rolled Heavy Duty Quarter Bags, Durable Big Game Bags for Elk/Caribou/Deer/Moose, 48" x4, 28" x1
  • 👍STORAGE MEAT IN CLEAN SPACE: Specifically designed for elk, caribou, deer, and other game, these bags effectively shield your meat from dirt, debris, etc, ensuring its quality and freshness. Made...
  • 🥇NO MORE WORRY OF SPOILAGE: designed with breathability, it allows your harvested meat to cool down while retaining its moisture. This helps to minimize the risk of meat drying out and spoiling...
  • ⭐EASY TO FIND: The reflective strip enhances visibility in low light conditions. This feature makes it easier for you to locate your game bag even in the dark by simply using a flashlight. The...
  • 🤩WASHABLE & REUSABLE: crafted using high-quality, tightly knitted pure cotton fabric, it ensures durability and longevity, allowing the bags to withstand the rigors of hunting trips. Despite its...
  • 🦌5-PACK: Including 4 pieces of 12*48-Inch bags, which are ideal for storing larger game meat such as elk, caribou, or deer. And 1 piece of 12*28-Inch bag specifically designed for storing livers or...
Bestseller No. 5
Primos Hunting Primos Hoochie Pack Call
  • Quality materials used for all primos products
  • 100 percent designed and tested for the toughest situations and environments
  • Whether you are a professional, recreational user, or even casual, primos will fit the mold for all types of people
  • One for Each Hand
  • Create Herd Talk

You can’t go wrong with any of these hunting products.

Even if you don’t find your dream pack among the options here, hopefully, this article served as a jumping off point and an introduction (or a refresher) of some good sources for elk hunting season. We hope you found the perfect elk hunting pack and good luck on your elk hunt!

Elk hunting is amazing. But if you are looking for something less grandiose that you can enjoy with the kids, we’ve got a guide on quail hunting with kids. Take a look.

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1 comment

Luke Stephens December 19, 2018 - 12:09 pm

I just recently used many of these in my recent elk hunt in Montana. I love the frame fit of the Elberlestock packs but the weight of the empty pack makes for a day pack that is like carry a thru-hike long haul load. I am also not so sure the weight distribution would work well once you start loading elk sized quarters on it.

The Tenzing packs… Let me say all flash no delivery. Don’t like. Strictly for day hunting (no pack out) they are ok. Reality these days is that all elk hunts are going to result in some pack out.

I settle for now on Seek Outside packs. I have 2 frames (in their breakaway series) and 4 bags. For versatility I LOVE the Saker 7400. It is my 1 go-to pack. I can go from a 1200 – 7400 cu in pack in increments of 1200/2400/5300/7400. For one pack I can cover day jaunts to 5+ day trips. The pack is light. It is 4ish pounds empty. Seek Outside packs are already water resistant so you don’t have to take a rain fly. Another good one would be the Peregrine.

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